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Benefits of Having a Sister

The Benefit of Having a Sister

Siblings teach us how to maintain friendships, get along with different people, and resolve conflict, but sisters do all that while making us happier.

Researchers at Brigham Young University followed 395 families with more than one child — with at least one between 10 and 14 — for a year. Regardless of age differences or birth order, those with sisters were less likely to feel unloved or experience negative emotions like loneliness, guilt, self-consciousness, and fear.

As for the negative effects of sibling rivalry? While hostility is associated with a greater risk of delinquency, the skills learned from working out problems is invaluable. In fact, the greatest indicator of problems later in life has nothing to do with fighting at all, but a lack of affection between siblings — whether it's a sister or a brother.


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briglass briglass 5 years
Brigham Young? Did they just follow Mormon families? Where is the actual study published?
angel-7 angel-7 6 years
I have two sisters, one older and one younger. I have never felt any affection from my older sister, she always put me down and I lived in fear for most of my life. I grew up feeling self-conscious and had low self-esteem. We haven't had any kind of a typical sisterley relationship for the last 20 years. So I disagree with the article. I think it may only apply to sisters with good relationships. But I have always had plenty of good friends around me. My ability to form friendships was never affected by this,. I disagree with the findings that 'those with sisters were less likely to feel unloved or experience negative emotions like loneliness, guilt, self-consciousness, and fear.' Unfortunately for me, this is the kind of effect my older sister has had on me and is the cause of some of the above feelings I have experienced. There is only a two year gap between us.
xxstardust xxstardust 6 years
I don't have a real sister, but I have a younger brother who I'm extremely close with, as well as a little cousin who is the baby sister God didn't give me. The relationship I have with them means the world to me.
starbucks2 starbucks2 6 years
I have an older brother who I admire and love...but I always wished I had an older sister when I was a teen. Someone to show me how to do make up and hair and give me tips on dating...
jazzytummy jazzytummy 6 years
My sister is awesome....truly the only person I can tell anything too and get no judgment, and I mean ANYTHING. If you think about it, unless you meet your spouse when you are a baby, your sibs are the only people that will know you your entire life. Your spouse and kids didn't know you when you were a small child, and your folks won't know you as an elderly person. I think that makes it special. I am thankful to have a strong relationship with her, and my two brothers as well.
partysugar partysugar 6 years
Sisters are the best! I don't know what I would do without mine.
gingirl gingirl 6 years
I don't have any sisters (though I do have a bestie who might as well be!), but my brothers are just....the best. They truly are, and I know I'm better for having them in my life. And I know I'm really lucky that we all have such great relationships with each other (forged through tough times tho, unfortunately). I really don't know what I'd do without them. I never, ever wanted a sister growing up, lol.
amber512 amber512 6 years
I don't have a sister =( But thankfully my best friend is like a sister to me!
bethinabox bethinabox 6 years
"In fact, the greatest indicator of problems later in life has nothing to do with fighting at all, but a lack of affection between siblings — whether it's a sister or a brother." Hmm, does this mean I'm gonna have problems later in life? ;) My brother and I definitely show no affection--we barely have a relationship, period. I wish I had a sibling that I could be close to, but unfortunately I just have the one older brother, and he's very difficult to form a relationship with.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
My older sister and I had a ton of sibling rivalry when we were little and fought constantly, but by the time I got to middle school, we were both teens and started really getting along. She's been like my best friend ever since :) Well, her AND my little brother. We're all pretty much awesome together.
MSucre MSucre 6 years
I love my sister.
sissysugar sissysugar 6 years
"You can kid the world. But not your sister."
tarabara1229 tarabara1229 6 years
I've grown to accept being an only child, but in a perfect world, I would love to have a sibling!
Angelica Angelica 6 years
Awww, sisters really are the best. I mean, I only have a sister, but she's the best. I agree with the findings though, based on friends who are only children. It's nice to have a built in corner. Family support trumps all.
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